Attempted Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. released from court oversight

Hinckley planned on playing a concert after his release

Updated: June 15, 2022 - 4:23pm

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John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was released from court oversight on Wednesday after spending decades in a mental hospital and later under community supervision.

"After 41 years 2 months and 15 days, FREEDOM AT LAST!!!" he posted on Twitter shortly after noon.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman stated in September that he would release the 67-year-old Hinckley from supervision on June 15, so long as he remained mentally stable. 

He has been living in a Virginia community since 2016 after his release from a Washington mental institution.

Friedman ruled on June 1 that Hinckley had followed the requirements for an unconditional release.

Hinckley shot and wounded Reagan in 1981 outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel. He also shot a Secret Service agent, a police officer, and White House press secretary James Brady.

The attempted presidential assassin, who plays guitar and sings, planned on giving a concert next month in Brooklyn, but the venue canceled on the day of his scheduled release from supervision.

"It is not wroth a gambple [sic] on the safety of our vulnerable communities to give a guy a microphone and a paycheck from his art who hasn't had to earn it, who we don't care about on an artistic level, and who upsets people in a dangerously radicalized, reactionary climate," the Market Hotel venue wrote on Instagram.